5 Steps and Many Tools to Reach Your Writing Goals.
Do you have that goal or task that you would love to tackle, tomorrow, next month, next year, or even some day, but essentially you have other projects piled sky-high that are preventing you from reaching your ultimate dream project? Well here are some steps and tools to help you.
#1 Freeing time
U.S. President Dwight D Eisenhower gave a speech at the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 1954, which later came to be known as the “Eisenhower Principle. To understand this principle it is essential that you first take a deep look at what is really urgent and important, and prioritize your schedule accordingly.
Important leads to achievement of a set goal, whether it be personal or professional.
Urgent require immediate action and benefit someone else’s goal.
Going over poetry study notes in class just before my final high school exam, I found myself learning in parrot fashion, the answers to probable questions. Poetry in Motion by Lorraine Candy.
Poetry in Motion by Lorraine Candy
It suddenly occurred to me that the text-book answers were just a guideline, a small group of people’s interpretation of what must be.
I re-read the poem again, this time reading it from my perspective and found a different interpretation. With my new-found clarity, I challenged my English Teacher and told him I disagreed with the text-book and that there is no right or wrong interpretation of the poem. He argued with me of course but I remained adamant that everyone who reads a poem will interpret it differently.
I wasn’t overly surprised when I received my exam results and found that I had failed because I did not adhere to “the rules”. Twenty six years later my opinion hasn’t changed at all and I still remember well, my teacher’s parting words, “Never stop arguing – one day you might be right”.Continue reading Poetry in Motion by Lorraine Candy→
Have you ever returned to your car from a morning at a mall to find your windscreen looking as if someone was trying to wrap it? Now think to yourself, have you ever read any of those annoying flyers? Personally I don’t because I don’t believe in the principle of peeving people off through marketing. What further annoys me regarding this style of marketing is that it brings out the worst in the car owners too. They’re so frustrated at finding their cars in that state, most throw the flyers on the ground right there. Others drive out the mall with the flyers and then choose to empty their vehicle out along the road. It’s just wrong.
The same goes for business cards… how many business cards have your received in your life time, and how many did you use? I think the only business cards that actually get kept and used are the business cards found in the medical realms and hair salons because they serve a purpose by having the appointment scheduled on them. Continue reading 7 Vital Writing Points for Successful Marketing→
You may feel you’re doing really well if you manage to land your clients, but how do you go about charging? Does the cliché, “Charge what you’re worth” ring true with you?
Some writers recommend that you should take the salary you had prior to your freelancing career and divide that into forty hours per week.That would be a great idea, but what of your marketing, your admin, analytics, correspondence and everything else that goes into being a freelance writer? Especially if you’ve built your own website that needs constant updating?
“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.” — Neil Gaiman
I am a huge Neil Gaiman fan, so I believe his simplistic outlook would be the only ‘rule’ to writing that I can relate to. However, it does not help me much in terms of being efficient.
Productivity is the greatest daily goal of a writer, when achieved it can immediately be interpreted as success. When I started writing I found so many things were hindering my writing, and most of the tasks I believed I carried out to be more productive. Continue reading 10 ideas to Increase Writing Efficiency→